The AFEM Handbook of Acute and Emergency Care
Adopting an integrated approach to early resuscitation, stabilization and transfer of acutely ill patients substantially reduces the morbidity and mortality associated with a wide range of medical, surgical, and obstetric conditions. Few providers in Africa have received dedicated training in Emergency Care despite the fact that they manage medical emergencies on a regular basis. Current resources fail to address much of the regional disease burden and recommend diagnostic and management pathways that are often not available. The AFEM Handbook was created to address this need by acting as a resource for local and visiting providers practicing in the African setting.
The African Federation for Emergency Medicine has created a handbook that is accessible, easy to use, stratified by resource level, and appropriate to both the burden of disease and the diagnostic and treatment modalities available in most clinical settings in sub-Saharan Africa. This handbook is the first to offer doctors, nurses and clinical officers management strategies based on available resources. It leads providers through a rapid systematic and integrated approach to stabilisation and resuscitation of patients that has been stratified to three resource levels; where there are no available resources, where there are minimal resources, and where there are full resources.
- Provides diagnostic and management strategies for the most common emergency care problems faced by providers in sub-Saharan Africa
- Facilitates early recognition and stabilization of life-threatening conditions
- Articulates diagnostic and care strategies that are adaptable to a variety of settings
- Provides highly usable information by organizing material such that management can be directed by clinical syndromes even when diagnosis is unknown
- Includes syndrome-based “Rapid Assessment Protocols” that facilitate rapid intervention for undifferentiated critically ill patients
- Is aimed at a range of Emergency Care providers, including doctors, nurses, clinical officers, EMS staff, and students
The AFEM Handbook is published by Oxford University Press. It is available for sale in hard copy via oxford.co.za, amazon.com, and amazon.co.uk. It is also available electronically from takealot.co.za. A portion of the AFEM Handbook sales go directly to AFEM, and will allow AFEM to pursue the development and distribution of future educational products.
Distribution of the AFEM Handbook to clinical sites throughout Africa is supported entirely by generous donations from individuals and groups invested in the advancement of emergency care. We welcome donations in any amount; all contributions allow us to provide additional copies of this valuable resource to the locations where it is needed the most. To donate to AFEM, please click here.
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